Sunlight catching leaves
Sunlight catching leaves

Houghton Hey Ancient Woodland, Hapton

Wild Cherry
Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry flowers April and May. A rich source of nectar

Winter light
Winter light

Winter sunlight through the silver birch trees at Elker Woods, Billington

Hoverfly feeding
Hoverfly feeding

A hoverfly feeding

Tortoiseshell Butterfly
Tortoiseshell Butterfly

The Trust sites support a diverse array of butterflies and moths

Dappled sunlight
Dappled sunlight

By managing our woodland the tree canopy allows varying amounts of sunlight onto the woodland floor, encouraging diverse flora species

New Spring growth
New Spring growth

Bright new leaves in the Spring

Carpet of Bluebells
Carpet of Bluebells

A dense carpet of bluebells covers the woodland floor of the ancient and new planted areas at Haughton Hey Plantation

A path through the trees
A path through the trees

Carpets of buttercups and a diverse range of flowering gasses encourage numerous insects

Grasses and buttercups
Grasses and buttercups
Snake's Head Fritillary
Snake's Head Fritillary

A native bulb which is now rare in the wild. They were introduced to the Peel Bank Reserve and have colonised it extensively

Ramsons
Ramsons

Also known as wild garlic. A common bulb in ancient woodland. Flowers April to June and smells strongly of onion